Give a 9 letter English word, which remains a word even after you keep removing a letter from it at each step until you have just one letter remaining.

Give the letter you remove and the word at each step.

An example of a 3 letter word would be:


Remove g - pi

Remove p - i


  • You cannot shuffle the letters around
  • The words cannot be proper nouns. None of them.
  • The words have to be proper English words. No slangs, no informal words.
  • $\begingroup$ @mdc32: it's not because you cannot shuffle the letters around. $\endgroup$ May 20, 2015 at 4:26
  • $\begingroup$ @pacoverflow: it's not because most words they used there are not proper or actual words and here you cannot use proper nouns. $\endgroup$ May 20, 2015 at 4:26
  • $\begingroup$ I can understand mine, but this is definitely a dupe of the question pacoverflow linked. Kevin's solution with "complecting" uses no proper nouns - they aren't common by any means, but they're still real words. $\endgroup$
    – mdc32
    May 20, 2015 at 4:31
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    $\begingroup$ @DippedBits - Doesn't this 9-letter word meet all of your conditions? $\endgroup$
    – Len
    May 20, 2015 at 5:09
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    $\begingroup$ Nice. It Does. +1 $\endgroup$ May 20, 2015 at 5:17


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